[Video] Human Rights Defenders – youtube


 

Human rights defenders are individuals, groups of people or organizations who promote and protect human rights through peaceful and non-violent means. They:

  • uncover violations
  • subject violations to public scrutiny
  • press for those responsible to be accountable
  • empower individuals and communities to claim their basic entitlements as human beings.

Throughout history, courageous and visionary people have sought to extend the boundaries of human rights protection to those outside its boundaries, whether it be those living in slavery, workers unprotected against exploitation or women denied the vote.

Today, despite international laws that protect them, human rights defenders are needed all over the world to monitor and challenge abuses and violations.

 

– Amnesty International

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